The range of players offering high speed storage based on Fibre Channel will be boosted by a cross-licensing deal between HP and Compaq.
Compaq today confirmed it has licensed its controller for the storage access technology to HP, and in return can use an HP chip at the heart of its own Fibre Channel solution.
Said Hugh Jenkins, enterprise product manager at Compaq UK: ?We have taken HP?s Tachyon chip set, built an array controller and licensed that back to them.? He agreed that meant that HP can now use Compaq?s technology for its own devices.
Compaq will release Fibre Channel products in November, Jenkins said, and will be one of the first vendors on the market to offer that solution.
Fibre Channel is a way of connecting storage over long distances and prevents the loss of data that often occurs if SCSI is used.
The IBM PC Company said that, while it had no firm plans to introduce Fibre Channel products, it was investigating the solution.
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